Ben Bratcher is a Registered Dietitian at Kaiser Permanente in California. He also works for Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) developing lesson plans that are incorporated into the curriculum for grades Pre K-12. As a father to four girls, Ben teaches his own children about food and how to make healthful choices, which includes attending to a fruit and vegetable garden that boasts 29 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes.


If the power struggle to get your picky eater to eat their vegetables exhausts you and if making separate meals to accommodate the unique preferences of each child drains you, know you’re not alone and know there is hope!

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Backyard to Table Family Gardening Blog

  Starting a Family Home Garden Seven years ago, I started tinkering with a few tomato plants in the summer. Today, gardening has evolved into a regular family activity, and it can be one for your family too! Kids love dirt. Dirt loves kids. What better way to channel the energy of this mutual attraction […]

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  From the Backyard Garden to the Table After a fresh harvest of veggies from our backyard garden, my family loves to make a meal together! The process is fun and can help our little picky-eaters try new foods since they made it themselves! This season, we had carrots and fennel in our garden that […]

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Wellness Team blogger, Ben Bratcher, MS, RD shares a healthful alternative to the classic spaghetti and meatballs that he makes for his family. It’s positively delicious and nutritious!

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Top Tips for Winter Wellness

Posted by Ben Bratcher on December 30, 2014 under Health Tips, Lifestyle

It’s tough when a child gets sick and, as busy parents, we don’t have time for colds! These are the top proven prevention strategies to help keep you and your family healthy this winter.

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Research shows that family meals help children adopt healthier eating patterns while reducing risk for obesity. Learn how to balance family meals and make healthy choices that the whole family will love!

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